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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The athletes‘ village for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics was to officially open on Sunday, less than a fortnight ahead of the August 5 opening ceremony.

Some 18,000 athletes, coaches and officials from around the world will live in 3,604 apartments in 31 buildings, looked after by 13,000 employees and volunteers.

The village boasts a large dining and kitchen area for up to 5,000 people, a state-of-the-art gym, a clinic, a recreation area, a beauty salon, a multi-faith religious centre and seven laundries.

There is also a place of mourning, to be inaugurated with a special ceremony "that will give the opportunity to remember, in particular, those people who have died at the Olympic Games," according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The village is located around 1.5 kilometres from the Olympic Park, where the majority of venues are located, in the upmarket district of Barra, in the west of the Brazilian metropolis.

Planned and built by an investor and a construction company, the apartments are to be sold to wealthy residents after the August 5-21 Games.

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